AM Warkup Innovation & Technology
Technology has been at the heart of MEATSPEED pig buildings from the very beginning. While geneticists and nutritionists have made huge advances in the performance of breeding and production pigs, housing had remained, largely, in a more traditional mindset. The development of the MEATSPEED significantly changed things by introducing a building more calculated to fully embrace, exploit and capitalise on those genetic and nutritional capabilities. This remains the case both now and for the future.
Every pig is born with a huge performance potential which responds to advances made in genetics, nutrition and management procedures. MEATSPEED pig buildings advance alongside and in harmony with these. By both testing and harnessing ongoing technological developments in insulation, building systems, lighting, ventilation, feeding systems and innovative advances in computer modelling, Meatspeed pig buildings have a key purpose in mind: To enable the pig producer of 2022, and beyond, to capitalise on ongoing advances and improve performance at every stage of production.
This article first appeared in the April 2017 issue of Pig World
The A M Warkup MEATSPEED Finishing Building began life in the early 1980’s. It grew in response to the challenge created by pig producers’ growing requirement for a building which would combine the high performance generated by the (then current and popular) use of individual climate controlled pens with the employment of a more open plan layout. This combination would provide the same high levels of productivity within a lighter and more amenable environment in line with the growing market pressure for improved animal welfare. The MEATSPEED was a pioneering effort to meet this demanding brief and proved highly successful and very popular. It consisted of single, environmentally controlled rooms, rather than single environment pens, with an open plan layout with pen fronts and low dividing walls to simply retain the pigs into groups.
The key to the MEATSPEED’s success was the use of a fully slatted floor combined with precisely controlled ventilation and feeding systems. Pigs of all genotypes grew quickly, efficiently and quietly and batches could be quickly moved using a system of interlocking pen gates and a single main passageway. Since those early beginnings the design has become a classic, much copied in attempts to emulate its success.
Our original concept has, however, not stood still. Working hand in hand with our customers, listening to their opinions, concerns and ideas we have continually developed and fine tuned our designs. The result? The MEATSPEED Classic. In addition, new construction techniques, adoption of fully evaluated new materials and a ready willingness to absorb details of current independent research are all part of our design ethos.
Developments in recent times include the use of highly efficient computer controlled Skov ventilation systems, low energy LED Agrilamp lighting systems combined with the improved daily gain and decreased feed/water wastage of Crystal Spring feeders. Such developments all play their part in the producers’ constant need to achieve cost effective increases in productivity and reduced overhead without detriment to animal welfare and with carefully considered mitigation of environmental impact.